Members' Online Book: Maintaining a Cruising Boat, Chapter 14 of 29

Keeping The Water Flowing

Just waiting to clog your engine's raw water system.

Just waiting to clog your engine’s raw water system.

Left to my own devices I could happily be a lazy guy, but that’s by no means a good thing to be when you’re in charge of a boat. When running charter boats that are in daily use, daily, weekly and monthly maintenance check lists are absolutely de rigeur to ensure that, random mechanical failure apart, the boat (and most particularly the engine) functions effectively.

There’s no consequential loss insurance available in this regard—blow the engine up through simple carelessness and that’s you out of the game. And it’s even more important when you’re in out of the way places.

So every day I check the oil level, water level, raw water filter strainer and belt tension, and have a good look around under the engine for any signs of leaks or stray nuts and bolts. This simple detective work has saved me endless hours of grief, through nipping many an impending catastrophe in the bud. And every time we start the engine, we check that the exhaust is pumping cooling water—just in case.

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Colin Speedie

Colin, European Correspondent here at AAC, is a deeply experienced offshore sailor who holds a Yachtmaster licence, and a gifted photographer and talented writer who has added a whole new dimension to Attainable Adventure Cruising. In addition, since Colin and Louise are from England and had their OVNI 435, Pèlerin built in France, they bring a European perspective to our site. You can read more about Colin and Louise and their business at their website.

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